Korg PS3300 with MID...

Servicing Status:

Full service by KSR has already been carried out in August 2021, so this Korg PS3300 Polyphonic Modular System is ready for sale now.

Remarks: 

What can we say other than…wow!  How rare are these to find, and then to actually find one that’s been fully serviced and available for sale! 

We’re very proud to be able to offer this magnificent instrument to any discerning buyer and it’s just had a full service from our trusted & expert vintage synth restorer & partner, Kent Spong at KSR.

Background Info:

We purchased this PS3300 with the intention of keeping it for our own collection, but other priorities have meant that we are now letting it go.  We purchased it from a very experienced vintage analogue synth collector in Japan and had it imported over to us in the UK in April 2021.

The person we purchased this from in Japan had owned it since 2012, but he did not have any prior history on the PS3300, but it’s safe to assume it had never left Japan since it was manufactured.  The serial number is 780105, so this might suggest a 1978 manufacture date, but we cannot be certain.  The was likely produced for the local Japan market, hence it only operates on 100~117V @75W.  We’ve included a picture of the serial plate below.

Cosmetic & Operational Appraisal:

As you can see from the pictures we have taken, the overall condition is very good, the cabinet particularly so, stunning!  The anodised metal control surfaces are showing some wear/deterioration in places due to age, which is typical with many Korg synths coming out of Japan of this era.  It would be perfectly feasible to have all the control surfaces restored to look as-new, but we think it’s more important to persevere these extremely rare historic instruments in their original condition, but that’s an option we’re happy to discuss with any potential buyer as we can get this kind of specialist work carried out in the UK, subject to quotation.

Also included in the sale is the Korg PS-3001 (Honda) Cable to operate the PS3010 Keyboard Controller.  The original power cable is also included of course, plus a step-down supply.

A Kenton MIDI has already been fitted into the PS3300, and like a few we have seen, the kit has been implemented through the pedal DIN inputs on the front panel.  You will note from the pictures that there are some stickers that show the input to access the MIDI kit function.  We think this is a very sympathetic way to implement MIDI into these rare & valuable systems as it can easily be reversed/removed if 100% originality is preferred, so no legacy of the kit having been installed would be left.  The downside is you can’t access the pedal inputs if you happen to own a Korg PS-3040 Dual Pedal, but as mentioned, the MIDI can be removed without affecting the authenticity of the PS3300 in any way.

This Korg PS3300 operates on US 110V. but can be operated in the UK/EU on 220V via the external step-down power supply which is included in the sale (pictured below) and we can supply a high-quality colour PDF copy of the user manual. The instrument is sold with a 3-month warranty, please see our website for full terms & conditions. 

The service carried out by KSR in August 2021 covered all the normal stability and calibration checks, full function testing and card-edge connector inspections etc.  There was actually very little to do on the PS3300 as it was last professionally overhauled by FiveG, in Harajuku, Japan,  in November 2020.  Here is a summary of the work that carried in in the service they conducted:

Exchanged one card socket

Cleaned all card sockets

All switches cleaned

New signal generator FEET x29

Three new condensers for power supply

162 FEETs replaced across the synth

Constructed 2SK208-carrying adapter cards to replace 2SK30A’s

Replaced 36 tantalum condensers in envelope generators

Replaced 36 generator trimmers

Unit 2 waveform control checked and diode found faulty -> replaced

Unit 3 photo-coupler HTVP873DX3 replaced with NSL33-007

23 card connectors reinforced for long-term durability and integrity 

Total, 60+ hours work.

Ordering From the EU (Post 1st Jan 2021): 

Now the UK is no longer a part of the European Union, we all have new levels of bureaucracy to deal with when you buy equipment from any business in the UK, for onward delivery to any destination in the EU.  In order for us to be able to ship to the EU now, we will require you to supply an EORI number if you are buying from us as a business, which will be provided in the Commercial Invoice that goes with the consignment.  Private individuals purchasing equipment from us will not require an EORI number but the goods will still be subject to VAT, which is charged by your own countries Customs, to clear the goods, so we now do not charge VAT on our purchasing invoice. The VAT rate applied upon import into your country will be set by your own country applicable VAT rates.

Packing & Shipping: 

We can ship this instrument worldwide, although the packing, shipping & insurance costs are not included in the sale price below, so are subject to quotation.  There may be some short delays in getting the custom-sized materials produced for shipping, although courier companies all seem to be operating normally.  We are happy to discuss your requirements so please email us if you have any questions on the logistics and/or need a quote.

Sales Price: £65,000 GBP.

Availability: This Korg PS3300 is available for sale now.

Click on the thumbnail for a higher resolution photo of the actual Korg PS3300 for sale.  If you require specific pictures not already featured of the instrument then please contact us so we can try and accommodate your request but there may be a short delay in getting this done for you as the instrument is currently in secure storage.

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SCI Prophet 10

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK customer

Came into stock: October 2020.

Servicing Status: Full health-check by KSR has already been carried out in September 2020, so this Prophet 10 Rev 3 is ready for sale now.

Remarks: A very rare opportunity to own what has to be one of the most impressive looking synths of its era (1980), the mighty Prophet 10 and this example comes with a MIDI retrofit.

We could never have imaged that we would have to say this, but this Prophet 10 is the vintage original model (there’s a clue in the pictures), so not the 2020 Dave Smith re-issue Prophet 5 with extra voicing.

Who wouldn’t have had their mind completely blown away when this came to the market in 1980, a twin keyboard mega-polysynth…just wow!  And, to add the cherry on top, it was a Prophet 5 (CEM based version) with 10 voices, and stackable.  So yes, it’s huge in every respect; foot-print and that fabled Prophet sound.

One of our dear customers, a well-known vintage synth user and very successful musician, MrFirechild, produced a brilliant demo of (just) the Prophet 10, in 2015.  You can see/hear the 3:34 music video on his YouTube Channel, or you can just click the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/user/MrFirechild

The current owner, our client, has only owned this for a short time, having purchased it in the UK from a specialist vintage keys dealer in 2019 (not us) – it was sold to our client as a  fully serviced unit. KSR have fully health-checked the Prophet 10 for us and it all checks out fine (it was serviced properly), although the original micro-cassette that would have been used to store and recall the poly-sequences on those tiny magnetic tape cartridges, no longer works (very common). 

Cosmetic Appraisal:

Overall, this Prophet 10 is in very good condition but does show some normal signs of use and its age.  We have taken some septic pictures that highlight the most obvious blemishes, but we think it’s a nice example that would make anyone a very proud owner.

This Prophet 10 operates on 240V or US 110V (switchable). It’s sold with a 3-month warranty. We will include an IEC power-cable and a copy of the user manual (PDF only).

Note on Demos, and because…Covid:  The Prophet 10 is currently based in Surrey (UK) with our tech, Kent at KSR.  Although there are strict Covid-19 restrictions in place throughout the UK at present, Kent has very kindly offered for anyone who would like to see and demo the P10 before buying it, to demo it at his premises.  Kent is able to set up the synth in a place that meets distancing rules, that’s safe for him and the customer, so if you want to check the synth it out then that option is open to you. 

Alternately (recommended), Kent can produce short video demo’s to show the working condition of the P10, but this is by request only.  If we get a single request to do this then we will, of course, upload that to the KSR YouTube channel and probably just post it here in the listing, but Kent’s a very busy guy (good techs always are) so he’s not had the time to proactively do this for us and/or the P10.

Packing & Shipping: We can ship this worldwide, although the packing & shipping cost is not included in the sale price below, and is subject to quotation.  We are happy to discuss your requirements so please email us if you have any questions on the logistics.

Ordering From the EU (Post 1st Jan 2021):

Thanks to all those who voted us out of the European Union, we/you now have new levels of bureaucracy to deal with when you buy equipment from any business in the UK, for onward delivery to any destination in the EU.  In order for us to be able to ship to the EU now, we will require you to supply an EORI number if you are buying from us as a business, which will be provided in the Commercial Invoice that goes with the consignment.  Private individuals purchasing equipment from us will not require an EORI number but the goods will still be subject to VAT, which is charged by your own countries Customs, to clear the goods, so we now do not charge VAT on our purchasing invoice. The VAT rate applied upon import into your country will be set by your own countries applicable VAT rates. 

 

Sales Price: £10,800 GBP.

Availability: This Prophet 10 is available for sale now.

Note on pictures, again due to Covid: Click on the thumbnail for higher resolution photo of the actual Prophet 10 for sale.  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Kent has offered to photograph the Prophet 10 at his premises in Surrey, so these photos come straight from him using the best photo-equipment he has available. It’s our workaround for the Covid issues/restrictions and we’re very grateful to Kent for helping us all out…but he’s like that.

If you require specific pictures not already featured of the instrument then please contact us so we can request that Kent at KSR can accommodate your request, but there may be a short delay in getting this done for us/you.

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Synth Miniatures

RL Music, in collaboration with Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira Rolt, are delighted to announce the launch of Vintage Synth Miniatures

Back in 2007, we had an idea to offer high-quilty hand-made scale reproductions of vintage synths, but exhaustive searches to find the right person or business that could help us came to nothing, so we shelved the whole thing but still had the ambition to realise that idea.

Winding forward to late 2019, we finally had some success as we made contact with a massive vintage synth fan who also happens to makes scale models. Talk about the perfect fit!

Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira Rolt, an Illustrator and graphic designer, although now retired, is a Prog Rock lover and vintage synth fan. He’s lives in São Paulo, Brazil, and has been producing artwork and models for many years as a hobby. However, more recently he’s been promoting his ‘vintage synth miniatures’ through attending synth related events in Brazil, so his models and skills have reached a wider audience, but he plans to keep this labour of love as a hobby. Ronaldo was very interested to work with us at RL Music due to the obvious synergy and shared passion for vintage synths, so we offered him a way to channel some business back to him, and satisfy our own need to build our own vintage synth miniatures collection to go with our original instruments in the RL Music Collection.

Ronaldo was invited by Mr Michel Geiss (Jean-Michel Jarre’s partner) to make an exhibition at Synthfest in France last June 2019.

UVI, the well known French Music Software Company, commissioned Ronaldo to produce 53 miniatures (keyboards and drum machines) for them.

Ronaldo, a huge Prog Rock fan, decided to build Rick Wakeman’s rig from 1973…

How to Order

This first PDF (vintage_synth_miniatures_gallery) is a 21Mb file. It contains 77 images that Ronaldo has supplied us of the 1/6 scale models he has previously made.

vintage_synth_miniatures_gallery.pdf

This second PDF (Ronaldo_the_builder) is a 1.8mb file that has images of Ronaldo himself at some synth events with his collection, and shots from his workshop.

Ronaldo_the_builder.pdf

This last PDF (pricing_summary) is the current price list to purchase the models as listed in the gallery PDF above.  It also covers some Q&A you may have, but please call or email Richard if you have any questions if not covered in the document.  This price list will be updated when new models become available. Ronaldo is entirely open to requests to make just about anything vintage keys (drum machines, sequencers etc.) related, so ask Richard at RL Music for a quote to make your favourite instrument if you can’t see it listed.

pricing_summary.pdf

We hope you are as excited as we are about this launch. These beautifully hand-made replicas are so cool, and you know already that they are instant collectables, and we all know what happens with ‘collectables,’ so get your shopping list together and give Richard a call or email.

 

Advanced Notice

Following on from our facebook post on 9th December 2019:

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Did you know that more than a lot of what we sell doesn’t even make it to the sales page(s) on our website? This is because we have an ‘advanced notice’ book, a VIP list if you will, gathered for people who have made specific enquiries for makes and models ahead of time.

We’d like to open this process up to be more proactive, so have created a simple ‘sign-up’ form below that will enter you into an advanced mailing list that will ensure you are immediately notified of any exciting new (vintage) instruments coming through our business.

Click the VIP box below to get signed up. You’ll get a confirmation email once accepted, which is all done in accordance with very stringent GPDR rules.

Crumar Stratus

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK Client.

Came into stock: Available from RL Music from February 2020.

Servicing Status: A health-check has been carried out by KSR but we will have it fully serviced as a priority once the sale has been completed.

Remarks: This is a rare instrument in 2020, and an unusual Organ/Strings combo that brings something different to the table at a time when the world was dominated by big Prophets, OBs and Jupiter polysynths in the early ’80s.

It’s a CEM based 6 note polyphonic analogue system that employs two DCOs that are then distributed through dived-down ICs.  This architecture would have been used to keep the costs down, so you can see the Stratus was aimed at the consumer market. It sounds really nice, warm and very vintage in character, and is still very affordable today.

As you can see from the pictures below, the cosmetic condition of the panels and faux wood are excellent on this 35-year-old machine, and the Stratus still has its original gig-bag and three overlays. There are some small marks to a couple of the key-tops and minor scuffs here and there, but we think you will agree, it’s a fine example and certainly the best condition Stratus we have ever seen.

We think the Stratus is cool and a low-cost way of reaching into that vintage sound, that early ‘80s electronica vibe, and offers musicians something different socially when the current generation of cheap synths are all sounding the same in a world that is full of replicants.  

This Stratus is sold through RL Music with a 3-month warranty and can be shipped worldwide. The synth operates on EU 220V via an IEC socket, power-cable supplied (UK plug fitted).

Demos are available by appointment only.

Packing & Shipping: We can ship this worldwide, although the packing & shipping cost is not included in the sale price below, and is subject to quotation.  We are happy to discuss your requirements so please email us if you have any questions on the logistics.

Ordering From the EU (Post 1st Jan 2021):

Thanks to all those who voted us out of the European Union, we/you now have new levels of bureaucracy to deal with when you buy equipment from any business in the UK, for onward delivery to any destination in the EU.  In order for us to be able to ship to the EU now, we will require you to supply an EORI number if you are buying from us as a business, which will be provided in the Commercial Invoice that goes with the consignment.  Private individuals purchasing equipment from us will not require an EORI number but the goods will still be subject to VAT, which is charged by your own countries Customs, to clear the goods, so we now do not charge VAT on our purchasing invoice. The VAT rate applied upon import into your country will be set by your own countries applicable VAT rates. 

 

Price: £750 GBP.

Availability: This Crumar Stratus is available for sale now!

Click on the thumbnails for higher resolution photos of the actual Stratus for sale.

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